first_imgThe Green Coast Agriculture Project (G-CAP), a local non-governmental organization (NGO), working in Liberia’s agricultural sector, has stressed the need for the establishment of a center that will provide agriculture business services to local farmers in Bong County.G-CAP’s program coordinator Francis Bendoe told the Daily Observer recently at his Gbarnga office that  a survey conducted in the county shows that local farmers are in need of business services that will help improve their productivity.“The sole purpose of the Enterprise Services Center is to provide agricultural business development services (ABDS) to farmers and rural entrepreneurs to start-up or expand their commercial businesses,” Bendoe said.He stated that services will include training to promote entrepreneurship and  to improve business planning and management skills; technical advice on production and postharvest handling; collecting and sharing market information and marketing ideas; assisting clients in the preparation of  business plans and loan applications to access credit and providing access to agro-equipment and transport services among others.According to him the establishment of the ESC will help to improve food security and reduce poverty in the lives of Liberian farmers.Mr. Bendoe mentioned that once a center is established in the county, farmers can access those needed enterprise services, adding that the significant of the center has prompted the local authorities of Bong County to donate a piece of land to his organization to construct the center.Commenting on the extension services rendered to farmers, he mentioned that they have reached ninety-five communities in five districts in Bong County with extension services to strengthen the skills of subsistence farmers.Meanwhile, the G-CAP program coordinator said that the lack of logistic is a serious constraint facing his organization.“We want to appeal to the government and its partners to build our capacity with logistics to enable us reach more farmers,” he pleaded.Bong County is one of Liberia’s productive agricultural regions situated along regional development corridors of Liberia, crucial in promoting intra and inter-county commerce. Farming activities in this growth corridor are expected to improve food availability and access for Liberians.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE REPORTSBrian Mc Cormick CupArea Finals Letterkenny AreaMilford United 2 Kilmacrennan Celtic 1Milford United overcame local rivals Kilmacrennan Celtic in a tense and exciting Area Shield Final at Moyle View Park by two goals to nil. Kilmacrennan started strongest and took the lead after 15 minutes when Timmy Burke tapped home a Mickey Mc Laughlin cross. Milford responded well dominating the final 25 minutes of half scoring twice through Adam Seerinha and then a goal from Gary Merritt. The second half was a tough encounter with both teams pushing hard for a goal. Caolan Mc Gettigan had a few good saves but gilt edge chances fell to Merritt and Seerinha but both failed to convert. Milford clinched the Area Shield and now face St. Catherines in the Brian Mc Cormick Cup semi-final.Donegal Town AreaSt. Catherines 3 Cappry Rovers 1S.t Catherines hosted Cappry Rovers in the Area Final of the Brian Mc Cormac cup. St Catherines started quickest and had a few good chances in the first twenty minutes but couldn’t make a breakthrough. Cappry opened the scoring on twenty five minutes when Luke O’ Farrell tapped home at the back post after a counter attack. St. Catherines were back on level terms on thirty five minutes when Barry Rose scored. The Saints went into the lead in the forty third minute through Shane O’Rourke who finished to the bottom corner with a shot from the edge of the box. Cappry dominated the second half and will be disappointed not to have found an equaliser. Barry Rose sealed it for St Catherines in the 88th minute with his second of the day.Gweedore AreaGlenea United 2 Gweedore United 1Glenea won the Area Final with a hard fought victory in the Brian Mc Cormick Cup. Both sides had early season rust and were finding it difficult to create any clear cut chances. As the half progressed Glenea started to get on top through the efforts of Dean Mc Carry and Daniel Cannon. Liam McFadden had to make a good save from Sean Coll on 30 minutes after the ball broke to Coll in the box. Glenea opened the scoring on 35 minutes when after good work down the right by Daniel Cannon his cross was headed home from close range by Dean Gallagher. Gweedore had a chance to equalise on 40 minutes when after good work by Ciaran McFadden and John Mc Laughlin the ball was moved onto Jamie McGee but he dragged his effort wide. In the 2nd half Glenea started brightly and looked to double their lead but it was the away side that started to dominate the game and on 70 minutes Gweedore equalised when Shane O’ Donnell scored direct from a free-kick. Both sides pushed hard for a winner and just as it looked like extra-time Glenea found a winner on 85 minutes when after a good run down the left Shane Coll saw his cross headed goal wards by Dean Mc Carry, only for Brian Gallagher to clear off the line but his clearance landed at Sean Coll and he drove the ball home. Best for Glenea were Sean Coll & Daniel Cannon while Paul Doogan & Liam Mc Mullan were best for Gweedore Utd. Mick Lagan was the referee with Con McLaughlin & Michael McFadden on the lines.Lifford AreaCastlefin Celtic 5 Raphoe Town 1Castlefin won the Lifford Area Shield Final of the Brian McCormick Cup for the third year in a row after a comprehensive victory over Raphoe on Sunday. Castlefin took the lead in the 15th minute when Ronan Tourish picked up a loose ball on the edge of the box and went on to score. Castlefin doubled their lead in the 25th minute when a Ronan Tourish through ball to his brother Barry saw him shoot to the corner of the net. Just before the break Damien Mc Annaney made it three nil after he reacted to a loose ball from a Peter Bryson header which was cleared off the line. Raphoe pulled a goal back in the 70th minute when Christy Bogle scored from the penalty spot after Peter Mc Glynn was fouled in the box. Five minutes later JP Malley made it 4-1 to Castlefin after he hit a first time shot to the net from a Simon Mc Glinchey pass. Ronan Tourish completed the scoring in the 85th minute when Castlefin were awarded a penalty for hand ball. Tourish`s penalty was saved by the Raphoe keeper but he converted the rebound.  DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE: MILFORD, GLENEA AND CASTLEFINN WIN AREA FINALS was last modified: August 30th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:area finalsDonegal Junior LeagueResultslast_img

first_imgzoom The ratings of the German shipping bank Norddeutsche Landesbank GZ (NORD/LB) and its subsidiary Deutsche Hypothekenbank (Actien-Gesellschaft) (Deutsche Hypo), including the banks’ long-term deposit ratings, have been downgraded to A3 from A2, according to Moody’s rating agency.Furthermore, their long-term debt ratings and NORD/LB’s issuer rating were downgraded to Baa1 from A3, as well as both of their short-term debt and deposit ratings to Prime-2 from Prime-1.This follows Moody’s downgrade of NORD/LB’s Baseline Credit Assessment (BCA) to ba3 from ba2 and of its Adjusted BCA to ba1 from baa3.Moody’s said that the rating outlooks on NORD/LB’s issuer rating and on both entities’ debt and deposit ratings are negative.These rating actions conclude the rating review for NORD/LB and its affiliates opened on June 1, 2016, which were prompted by NORD/LB and BremerLB reporting losses in the first half of 2016 amid an extended difficult trading environment for the global shipping industry, as well as by NORD/LB’s announcement that it will acquire full ownership of BremerLB within the next months.“NORD/LB’s solvency will remain vulnerable to an extension of the current period of depressed freight rates for shipping firms globally even as it has started a process of de-risking and of bolstering problem loan provisioning levels,” Bernhard Held, a Moody’s Vice President, said.last_img read more